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Bridal costume
VME 96.26.35-1.3
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a striking dress. In the decoration we can see dragons and the male phoenix. The dragon is the male-character and the male phoenix the female one. Together the two characters represent a symbol for a prosperous and happy married couple. It is a masterpiece because it is very beautiful and it has a traditional, but original style.

History of the Object
Hoa people live all over Vietnam, but are mostly concentrated in Ho Chi Minh City, where half of its population lives. The Hoa bride always wears this kind of costume during her wedding, and keeps it as a memorial object afterwards. Nobody can borrow it. Some women wear the costume on the the Fifth Year, the Tenth Year, etc. Memorial Ceremony of their wedding. The red colour signifies love and happiness. Mrs. Chau Thuan Lang, a Hoa from Ho Chi Minh City, sewed the dress herself. After her wedding she kept it, but sold it in 1996 to the museum.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Cotton, silk, metal 
Measurements
Width shirt: 50 cm.; skirt 75 cm. Length shirt: 70 cm.; skirt 92 cm.  
Creator name
Chau Thuan Long 
Creator date
1941- 
Where it was made
Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1982 
Function
Traditional costume of a Hoa bride. 
Acquisition
Mrs. Chau Thuan Lang owned this costume. In 1996, the museum purchased it from her. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, State property of Vietnam 
Museum
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 
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